Suffolk Refugee Support Group

Since lockdown began, Suffolk Refugee Support Group have rapidly adapted their advice service, as well as their English language tuition and group work, to be delivered remotely by phone, email, WhatsApp and tools such as Zoom and Bramble. They have provided more than 2,000 advice contacts on subjects ranging from health and mental health, to schooling and education, and destitution and emergency support. They quickly recognised the need to be proactive to ensure no acute needs went or will continue to go unmet, so the team worked hard to carry out hundreds of weekly welfare checks with those who have been and continue to be seen to be most vulnerable or isolated.
The grant they received from the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund has enabled them to meet some of the real needs that the team identified among their client group, including providing laptops and internet access to children who would otherwise be severely disadvantaged by the interruption to their schooling, and setting up more of their amazing volunteers with the resources needed to deliver remote one-to-one English language support.

“We are hugely grateful to Suffolk Community Foundation for all their ongoing support, as well as vital funding from the Coronavirus Community fund.  As a result, we have been able to make a genuine difference to the life chances of people who are highly vulnerable and who have the least resources to deal with the current crisis.”

Rebecca Crerar

Suffolk Refugee Support

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